By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Stuck in a 6-foot-10, 270-pound lumbering frame, Kendrick Perkins has made a career out of pestering centers and bodying up bigs.
But sometimes, it seems, the Thunder’s bulky big man just wishes he could be a point guard. Could spread his wings in the open court and play with the kind of freedom his skill set was never equipped to handle.
Scott Brooks has even allowed it at times this year, letting Perkins pick up opposing point guards full court.
But the latest instance certainly wasn’t a Brooks coaching ploy (unless he’s angling to get fired).
Perkins grabbed a rebound during a recent game against the Sixers and, instead of finding Westbrook, KD or anyone else on the team (all better options), declined the outlet pass and went end-to-end hero ball.
What ensued was a hilarious sequence of awkward dribbling, blind court vision and one of the worst passes in NBA history, topped off with tongue-lashing to the nearest referee. Because why not?
The display got Perkins on the latest ‘Shaqtin’ a fool’ (seen below). He’s nominee #5 with the play starting at the 1:40 mark.
After watching it, even Perkins had to laugh it off.
On Twitter, Shaq responded by telling Perkins “it happens to all of us big dog. U look good with the handles tho.” Perkins then told Shaq “already big homie I’m working on my pg skills.”
I’m glad everyone enjoyed it. Comedy all around.